Pleurothallis calcarata Cogn. 1906 publ. 1907 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Flower internal

Plant and Flowers Photos by Roberto Martins and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Warm Cool MID Spring MID Fall

Common Name The Spured Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Brazil in humid primary cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 sheaths with the lowest being short and the apical being loose and carrying a single, apical, erect, light green, linear, conduplicate, attenuate below into the pseudopetiolate base leaf that blooms in the mid spring through mid fall on a 1.6 to 2.4" long, successivley 3 to 4, single flowered inflorescence

CAUTION The flower photos match the drawings I have from The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 but the plant photo is quite different in the leaves and the fractiflex inflorescence. Roberto has more than 3 P calcarata aff on his site with not one actually being the correct species as far as I can tell. This one is the closest. So please use with caution!!!!

Synonyms Pabstiella calcarata (Cogn.) Luer 2007; Specklinia calcarata (Cogn.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia calcarata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol XXIX Luer 2006 as Pabstiella calcarata; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide

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